There’s nothing sweeter than celebrating the coming arrival of a tiny little bundle of joy!
And since spring is most certainly baby shower season, I’m sharing some of my tried and true brunch recipes that’ll be perfect for a morning with the mama-to-be and her girls.
I love brunch because it gives me the freedom to serve both breakfast and lunch dishes, and this baby shower brunch menu has a good mix of both.
Baby Shower Brunch Menu
Buttermilk Berry Pancakes
Light, fluffy, and buttery pancakes are my absolute favorite.
This recipe calls for buttermilk, which adds so much flavor, and for berries, which bring a touch of sweet. If you ask me, they’re totally delicious.
To make Buttermilk Berry Pancakes you will need:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 T granulated sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 T butter, melted + more for serving
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup strawberries, sliced
- Maple syrup, for serving
*Makes about 8 pancakes
- Into a large bowl, sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk eggs then add buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla and stir together.
- Slowly add wet ingredients to dry, being careful only to mix until just combined (it’s best to use a wooden spoon to gently fold the ingredients together).
- Heat butter over medium heat in a griddle or large pan. Once melted, pour in 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, making sure to leave adequate space between them. Drop a few berries into each cake. When bubbles begin to appear, flip until cooked on the other side. Serve hot with butter and fresh maple syrup!
Vanilla Almond Granola
While it’s easily store-bought, there is nothing like homemade, crunchy, nutty, toasty granola! This vanilla almond granola recipe is simple and loved by everyone.
If you want to add your own flair, throw in some dried fruit of choice, chocolate chips, or sweetened coconut flakes.
To make Vanilla Almond Granola you will need:
- 2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
- 3/4 cup slivered almonds
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 T brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- Fresh fruit, for topping (I like sliced papaya, strawberries, banana, and coconut flakes)
*Makes about 2 1/2 cups
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Mix oats, slivered almonds, and salt in a large bowl.
- In a small bowl, melt coconut oil. Add honey, brown sugar, vanilla and almond extracts.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until the oats and almonds are evenly coated.
- Spread into a fairly thin layer in the pan and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown, being sure to toss every 10 minutes so that the oats and almonds cook evenly.
The Perfect Omelet
Isn’t it just the worst when you go to flip an omelet and it becomes a giant mess, or it happens to look totally edible but is just dry and deflated? Just me? Nah, everyone wants their omelet light and airy, so here I am to tell you how to do it in just a few simple steps!
Omelets are perfect for a crowd because they’re easily customizable, making everyone feel like they’re receiving special service with little effort for the hostess.
I wouldn’t recommend serving omelets to a large group, unless you’ve hired a caterer, but for an intimate gathering, they’re just perfect…especially if you’ve got some helping hands :)
To make the Perfect Omelet you will need:
- 3 eggs, whites separated from yolks
- 1 1/2 T whole milk
- Butter, to coat the pan
- Fillings of choice (my suggestions: ham, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes)
*Recipe makes a single omelet so make sure to multiply ingredients if you’re making a big omelet to share or multiple individual portions!
- In a small bowl, mix egg yolks and milk. Set aside.
- In another bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks have formed. You can do this by hand or use an electric hand mixer, which I’d recommend if you’re doing more than a single recipe.
- Gently fold the yolk mixture into the whites, being careful not to over mix.
- Melt a pad of butter over medium heat. When melted, pour in the eggs and cook for 3 minutes, or until most of the liquid has set.
- Sprinkle on your toppings and then fold one half over the other to cover the filling. Cook for another 30 seconds or so, just until the inside has completely set.
- Serve nice and hot with salt and pepper, or hot sauce if you like it spicy!
Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican dish, but you don’t have to be a big Mexican food fan to enjoy them! They can be done simply or include all of the classic toppings.
I’d recommend a topping bar so that everyone at the baby shower can pick and choose exactly how they’d like theirs served. Here’s my favorite recipe…
To make Chilaquiles you will need:
- 12 eggs
- 12 corn tortillas
- Vegetable oil, for fying
- 3 cups cheese, shredded (can use any kind you like…cheddar jack, Mexican blend, etc.)
- 1 can black beans
- Salsa roja + salsa verde, for serving
- Guacamole, for serving
- Sour cream, for serving
- Fry tortillas a few at a time in a pan filled with about 1/4 inch of oil. Set aside to drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
- Once cooled a bit, sprinkle each tortilla with 1/8 cup cheese, allowing it to melt.
- In another pan, cook eggs sunny side up, a few at a time. Then plate an egg atop each tortilla.
- Guests can then choose to top their chilaquiles with black beans, salsas, guacamole, and sour cream. Or, if you’re making them ahead, coat half the hot tortillas in salsa roja and half in salsa verde before adding the cheese, for a more traditional flavor. YUM!
Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Every brunch I host has to have some finger food…it’s just so much easier to mix and mingle when you can eat on the go!
These grilled cheese sandwiches are the perfect segway into the lunchtime hour, offering both sustenance and savory flavors.
To make Caprese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches you will need:
- 2 slices sandwich bread (any kind you like, but I’d stick with something basic like white or wheat since the sandwich itself is packed with flavor)
- 3 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
- 5 cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 T fresh basil, torn
- 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar, for drizzling
- 1 tsp. olive oil, for grilling + drizzling
- Salt & pepper, for serving
*Makes 1 sandwich, or 2 halves to share :)
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. While it’s heating, begin to assemble sandwich.
- Top one slice of bread with cheese slices, tomato halves, and basil. Then drizzle with balsamic and olive oil.
- Place second piece of bread on top and push down lightly before carefully setting in the heated oil.
- Cook on each side for about a minute, or until bread is lightly toasted.
- Remove from pan onto a place and drizzle with a little more oil and vinegar, and top with freshly cracked salt and pepper to tastet
- Cut in half diagonally (so pretty!) and serve. You could also cut into quarter to make little finger sandwiches that are even easier to eat and just as tasty.
Hope you found a recipe or two to stash for your upcoming baby shower, or really brunch party of any kind! Breakfast + lunch…perfect way to celebrate if you ask me!
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